Friday, September 20, 2019, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
Allison Parks Dugas
How to gracefully support students of varying mobility
As Yoga Teachers, it is rare that we don’t have a student with some type of physical concern, whether it is a recent injury, weakness or pain, a condition that limits movement in some way, or the expected changes of aging. Whether we are teaching Beginner, All Levels, Gentle or Chair yoga, the perception of physical limitation, fear and insecurity is the norm!
What if we could more adequately convey to the world that it does not matter how much you can move your body in Yoga? Beyond the physical, Yoga works truly and most powerfully on all layers (koshas), including our energy and breath, our emotional being, our thoughts and our spirit. How can we enhance these aspects of Yoga with students who are struggling to be in their physical body? By welcoming them to the full practice of Yoga with whatever body they have, and with whatever is going on in their lives.
How do we do this?
The first thing that comes to the mind of most Yoga teachers is the use of props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, chairs, and the wall. Yes, we will share the most useful and common ways in which these props assist people to feel more supported and comfortable in Yoga poses. Second, we will practice healthy boundaries as Yoga Teachers by learning how to use Inquiry. Inquiry enables us to learn the unique situations of our students, promote Self observation and awareness in their experience of themselves and Yoga, minimize assumptions and overstepping boundaries, and together be creative about adapting the practice. Finally, we will share some tools to help us most gently and effectively communicate with students in the context of the class itself. In the end, our students feel welcome, supported, free to be who they are, and empowered to attend any yoga class!
Our three hour Advanced Teaching Workshops are intended to increase skills directly related to teaching groups, including ability to share and discuss the topic, lead experiential practices, and structure and sequence a yoga class.
This workshop is open to Yoga teacher trainees, Yoga instructors and practitioners, and curious students. Yoga Instructors: This workshop is eligible for 3 Yoga Alliance CEU’s
Workshop Cost $45